What is it?

Trichomoniasis is an infection caused by a parasite that infects a man’s urethra, or a woman’s vagina.

Who has it?

Regarded as the most common curable STD, it’s estimated that 3.7 million people in the US have trichomoniasis, but only 30% are likely to develop symptoms. Infection is more common in women than in men, and older women are more likely to be infected than younger women.

How do you get it?

Trichomoniasis is contracted through exposure to bodily fluids during unprotected anal or vaginal sex, meaning sex without a condom.

How do you know you have it?

Most people with Trichomoniasis never develop any symptoms, but some women may experience burning when they pee, pain or bleeding during sex, or yellow or green vaginal discharge.

How do you test for it?

Testing for men is not common, but for women, a medical professional can perform a painless swab test.

Can you get rid of it?

Trichomoniasis is cured by antibiotic pills. You should refrain from having sex until you’ve finished your treatment, so you don’t risk infecting your partners.

How do you keep from getting it?

Abstinence is the only absolute way to prevent STDs. However, being mutually monogamous with a partner who is not infected with trichomoniasis, and using condoms are two great ways to avoid infection.

What’s the worst that could happen?

Trichomoniasis increases your risk of contracting HIV and other STDs, and pregnant women who are infected are at greater risk of giving birth prematurely (before their due date).

Don’t let worries about STDs cause you sleepless nights, contact your local family planning clinic and get tested.

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